Sharper Image
3.6 of 5 11 reviews
www.sharperimage.com Walnut Creek, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Kevin Palmer

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Worked there! Great

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsFun atmosphere. Great place to be!

    Consdoesn't exist. Went belly up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great

    Sales Assistant (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosopen door policy with management. management was always open to hear positive or negative feedback

    Consthere was no room for advancement so it was basically a dead end job

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate a place for people looking to move up

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    BEST. Job. EVER.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFun! Changing products! Team environment! Sales were a blast!

    ConsCompany closed! Would still be there!

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    Interesting company, interesting products and expect long hours during holiday seasons

    Traffic & Logistics (Former Employee)
    Little Rock, AR

    ProsGood benefits, stock options, and excellent compensation plan.

    ConsSchedule vacations before November, no time off is allowed after Thanksgiving day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide additional challenge to the management staff.

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    Retail Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Arcadia, CA

    Prossales profession at the sharper image

    Consnone at this moment and will have one later

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Playing with new gadgets is considered "studying"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lake Grove, NY

    ProsWhen new items arrived at the store, we were encouraged to play with the new products to learn more about them in order to sell them with more confidence and experience.

    ConsCompany pushed employees to reach a quota on store credit card sign ups.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall excellent management. Very fair with days off when needed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Thanks to the Board TSI is no more

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsMy coworkers, the guys and gals that invented the products and designed the gadgets, were absolute gems... human resources and accounting not so much.

    ConsDuring my time at this company I went through a few hostile takeovers.

    Some that survived the layoffs were bitter miserable people that threw others under the bus to save themselves. All of us knew we were going to lose our jobs at a certain point so the hostility some of the rank and file showed towards the end was completely unnecesary. I hope they didn't carry that poison to their next position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDear Chairman & Board of Directors: when trying to lower a company's stock price so you can purchase more at a discount it might be a good idea to NOT run your investment into the ground.

    You ruined the reputation of 3 CEOs that were trying to keep the company together and over 2000 people employed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont shop or work there

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThere are a lot of cool gadgets to play with and they were never really that busy.

    Conshorrible management, there was no leadership what so ever. Every manager contradicted what the other manager said. It was a lot like office space with the TPS report. I felt like going to work every day was like working with the boss from office space. It was one of the most miserable working experiences of my life and I am honestly happy the company went under. They didnt care about their employess or their customers. Their executive team was an absolute joke. Good riddance.

    Advice to Senior Managementtake some management classes, it was a joke

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great fun, great people, low pay.

    Copywriter (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsPlaying with new products. In order to write about new products, it was necessary for me to PLAY!!! The office often became a test course for whatever fun new product we could get our hands on. The other fun people working herer is why everyone stays.

    ConsIf you started at the entry level, you were paid very low and raises were minimal and did not make up for it. Very stressful work environment due to the high work volume and deadlines every day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company went out of business, so this is not applicable anymore. The culture was built around one man, Richard Thalheimer, and when he was victim to a hostile takeover, the company couldn't recover. He was too controlling to make it work any longer anyway. The company got too big.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This is why the company went bankrupt.

    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe people are the best part about the company except for management. Seeing new products before they we're released to the public was great and the discount on items was also great. The location of the headquarters was beautiful as it was right next to the bay bridge. The bus stop is also right in front of headquarters. There was a corporate store if you ever wanted anything which made it very easy to buy last minute gifts with the corporate discount. Overall I feel that The Shaper Image was a fun place to work in if it wasnt for some large negatives.

    ConsThe lack of information from senior management during turbulent times hurt the moral of many of the company's workforce. Layoffs seemed to be a lottery system with no news whatsoever. Those who were laid off were escorted out without even being able to go back to their desk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare more information with your works who you have left out of the dark on important decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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